The World Trade Organisation (WTO) is the main
body dealing with the setting of multilateral rules for trade
between nations. Currently, the WTO has 140 members, of which more
than three-quarters are developing countries.
WTO rules are the outcome of negotiations between
WTO Member States, with decisions normally reached by consensus.
Thus, support from developing countries for proposals coming from
the developed countries, and vice versa, is important. Specifically,
in the context of EU-LDC trade relations, developing countries need
to know what is at stake for them in the negotiations and what the
implications will be of proposals coming from the EU. The
consequences of a failure to build support were clearly illustrated
at the WTO meeting in Seattle in December 1999 with apparently large
divisions in the positions of the participants being evident. These
related both to the issues to be discussed in a new trade round
(what should be covered and what not) and on issues that were
unfinished in the Uruguay Round (agriculture, services and
intellectual property rules).
This section provides information on:
This section is organised as follows:
: academic papers,
research literature, analysis and comment on the WTO, the WTO
negotiations, and related issues.
: position papers,
analysis and comment with a focus on the respective positions of
the EU and LDC and issues of potential conflict and convergence.
: recent developments in
research, policy and projects relating to the WTO and WTO
: per region news relating to the WTO and WTO negotiations.
As a recently launched site, we still have some
way to go towards providing a comprehensive information resource.
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